Known by the Perth dive community simply as “the 58m wreck”, the wreck of The Commiles is the shallowest wreck (58m deep) in the Rottnest Ships Graveyard
The Commiles had a rich and varied life at sea:
- Commissioned for the British Royal Navy in 1918
- Became a fishing vessel in 1920
- Returned to the British Royal Navy from 1939 – 1945 as a Mine Sweeper.
- Returning to the role as a fishing vessel post war
- Bought by the Royal Australian Navy, used for target practice and sunk in 1953
This wreck was identified as The Commiles by Peter Balalas in 2012
She survived a bombardment of 14 rockets and 15 250lb bombs, before succumbing to gunfire from R.A.N Minesweepers Fremantle and Mildura.
During a dive lasting 90 minutes, with a bottom time of 25 minutes, a team of 2 WreckSploration divers managed to capture the necessary images to create a 3d model of the wreck.
Some of the crew of HMS Minesweeper Commiles, adopted by the Daily Mirror reading their fan mail. Over 1000 letters were received by the crew within a month following adoption. The only person whom frowns is the shore based censor. 15th September 1942 c/o Memory Lane UK
GPS Position and orientation
Access the details from the WA Museum Shipwreck Database Here
Access the details from Wrecksite.eu Here